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About Clarissa L.

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Oakland, CA

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About Clarissa
I am a classically trained operatic Soprano who loves singing and teaching classical, Broadway, and Jazz vocal styles. I hold degrees from UC Berkeley, The Manhattan School of Music, and Bard College Conservatory where I studied with Dawn Upshaw. I am also a graduate of The Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program where I had the opportunity to study with great singers such Renata Scotto, Renee Fleming, Diana Soviero, Anne Murray, and Marilyn Horne.

I've been teaching voice for the past 10 years, and I have worked with students as young as 6 to students in their 70s. I feel that a student has room to learn and grow no matter his or her age. I also believe that building confidence is an integral part of every learning process.

My vocal technique is a culmination of the great pedagogists Vaccai and Richard Mil
ler with the aid of the ideas and help of the teachers I have worked with in the past. Each lesson will begin with a warm up that address the student's specific needs. Once we address fundamental technique, we will apply these ideas to specific repertoire. This repertoire will be chosen by the student with my guidance, but students are welcome to bring Song, Opera, Oratorio, Jazz, and Broadway to any lesson.

Because of my extensive performing experience and education, I am also able to assist students with Italian, French, and German diction and translation. Music centers around communicating, and I am more than happy to help each student understand each word he or she sings. As we work towards performances, I can also assist with dramatic coachings using the techniques I learned at the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and The Metropolitan Opera.

I am still an active performer, and I hope that my performing and teaching continue to positively affect one another. I have found that working on a multitude of styles from Opera to Jazz has helped me acclimate my voice to any situation, and I hope that my students find the same love and joy in singing as I have.
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Clarissa L.

Clarissa L.

Oakland, CA 94611
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$45 / 30-min

About Judy G.

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San Mateo, CA
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About Judy
Greetings!
Thanks for checking out my lessons. My name is Judy aka Groovy Judy. I'm a guitarist, singer, songwriter and performer. I've been playing guitar for 35+ and teaching private and group lessons for 12 years. I also teach ukulele, beginning electric bass and songwriting. ***Please note - I'm located on the Peninsula, so the areas I serve are: Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, Atherton & Menlo Park.***

I work with a lot of kids (as well as adults) and beginners. I'm extremely patient, and I enjoy getting brand new students up and running with proper techniques and good habits. My teaching style/philosophy is to get my students playing as soon as possible in an easy and fun way. I focus on basics such as tuning, rhythm, proper pick technique, strumming, reading guitar tab and/or sh
eet music, and playing songs. I tailor my lessons to the student so it's fun for both of us.

The styles I teach are: rock (classic, indie, punk) folk, pop, reggae/ska funk, blues, r&b, country, some finger-picking, and a bit of classical. I can teach you any song you want to play whether it's rap, rock hip-hop or a piano piece. I will find a way to do it and make it fun. :-)

My style is easy going, but not lackadaisical. I take teaching seriously and do my best to make the student feel comfortable. I give my students weekly assignments that I ask them to complete. However, if a student doesn't work on their assignment, I don't criticize or condemn them. I go over the assignment with them and gently remind them to play and work on the materials I've given.

I love teaching, music, and sharing my gifts with others.

Thanks and I look forward to working with you!
Cheers,
Judy G. aka Groovy Judy

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are once a week. Payment is due at the time of the lesson. Package rates are available upon availability.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 guitar amps, a guitar stand, a music stand, mp3 player, a lava lamp and some cool rock posters 

*** Travel Equipment ***
acoustic and electric guitars, music stand, small amp, mp3 player and lots of cool music ***Please note - I'm located on the Peninsula, so the areas I serve are: Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, Atherton & Menlo Park.***

*** Specialties ***
I love rock, pop, folk, funk, fingerpicking and the blues. I teach all of those styles and songs by great artists such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Sly & The Family Stone, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton and many more.
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Molly March 2, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
She's a good teacher . She also put up with me not knowing anything well.
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Rodger R. September 28, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Started with some basics and built on that. Was very helpful in showing me tuning, proper hand positioning, and how to improve my fingering (those pesky notes). Got a lot for the first class and enough homework to keep me busy! Will be meeting again next week.
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Martin August 18, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Lesson was great fun. Judy is very good at making you feel that you're actually making progress and she is very patient with absolute rookies.
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Judy G.

Judy G.

San Mateo, CA 94402
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About David O.

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San Carlos, CA
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About David
I've studied with some of the finest trombonists in the US and completed my Bachelors degree in Trombone Performance at the University of Arizona. My performing background is a balanced mix of classical and commercial ensembles. I've played in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, show bands, jazz bands, chamber music, and dixieland to name just a few. It all starts with learning the basics and that's how I approach brass playing (which includes trumpet, french horn, trombone, bass trombone, baritone/euphonium, and tuba) with my students. I have many years experience teaching in-studio and in-house, as well as teaching brass at a performing arts high school. Students learn relaxed technique, production of a beautiful tone, overall musicality in many styles, and sight-reading.

*** Lesson Details ***
I place an emphasis on building embou
chure, breathing, posture, musical interpretation, sight-reading and theory.

I encourage relaxation while enjoying the process of making music.

All of the above can be applied to any style of music the student is interested in exploring.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is located in a relaxed setting near a creek. For the teaching of brass instruments, not much equipment is needed though I have a metronome, tuner, digital recorder, sounds system, and plenty of music to get started.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with necessary instruments, metronome, digital recorder, and whatever music I'd be introducing at that particular lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Bass Trombone, and Tuba
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Brian C. September 15, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
My first instruction from David O. couldn't have gone better. He quickly summed up my abilities (or lack thereof) and put me on a course for improvement. Dave's style of teaching was fun and unintimidating. In addition, Dave is extremely patient and sincere. I'm looking forward to the next lessons.
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David O.

David O.

San Carlos, CA 94070
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$60 / 30-min

About Cristopher H.

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Redwood City, CA
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About Cristopher
As a musician that has played for about a decade, I have studied and worked to become a teacher. I've played in numerous bands, have worked in studios, and have been teaching for about four years now and am always finding new ways to understand and help accomplish my students' goals. I've studied music theory and composition from Mike Keller (Letters From the fire) and David Meckler (Canada College music department). I'm currently working on an independent album that has begun recording.

*** Lesson Details ***
I find it's easiest to asses the level at which a student is at and work from there, moving towards the goal set by the student using music the student already enjoys, not kiddy books with songs they'll never actually play. My styles focus on technique and work back to theory. I play anything and everything from country to Santa
na, to Metallica, and to everything in between. I teach from covers to original works.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The equipment I have for the studio are a couple of my electric guitars: Midnight Blue Schecter Omen 6, Ibanez S470DXQM, KSE ASG, Ibanez F0509338, Fender Stratocaster. My BOSS ME-33 special effects pedal, my Raven RG20 amplifier, and my Fender Frontman 15G amplifier. I also have multiple iMacs for Garageband and a recording studio. (services of which cost additional value for use)

*** Travel Equipment ***
The equipment I have for travel are a couple of my electric guitars: matte black LTD Deluxe EC-1000, gray/black Schecter Omen 6, KSE ASG, Ibanez F05, and a Fender Stratocaster. My BOSS ME-33 special effects pedal, my Raven RG20 amplifier, my Fender Frontman 15G amplifier, and my Fender Mustang 200.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in technique, so I can help even the newest of players find their style and learn how to work on memorizing the fretboard without even having to look at it or your finger placement. I can also help more advanced players smooth out their way of playing.
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Maiya D. June 11, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Maiya had her first lesson today. Things apparently went well, based on Maiya's comments. I asked her how many stars out of five I should give Chris, the teacher. She taught about it of five seconds, and told me to give 5/5.
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Owen May 16, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Cristopher was great!
First lesson with my son was a big success.
Looking forward to the next lesson.
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Alice November 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I had an awesome beginner class with Cris! It’s super fun and clear!
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Cristopher H.

Cristopher H.

Redwood City, CA 94061
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About Dr. Elizabeth M.

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Mountain View, CA
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About Dr. Elizabeth
Dr. Elizabeth’s students have performed in such acclaimed venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Citi Field and have received top scores in New York State School Music Association Exams (NYSSMA), the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Exams (ABRSM). Her most dedicated students have been accepted into top universities in the country such as NYU, Bard University, Juilliard Pre-College and Rutgers University and have been featured in broadcasts for radio and TV stations including FOX News, the Don Francisco Show on NBC, the Harry Connick Jr. Show on Fox, SAT. 1 TV in Germany, for President Obama at the National Tree Lighting Ceremony, Good Morning America on ABC News.

Dr. Elizabeth has been actively involved in the training of young violinists in NYC and abroad for the past ten years. She currently mai
ntains a private violin studio in the California Bay Area, serves on the faculty of the New Mozart School in Palo Alto and performs with the Santa Cruz Symphony. Dr. Elizabeth was previously on the faculty of Stony Brook University Undergraduate Chamber Music, Stony Brook University Pre-College, the Herald School of Music and the Joyous School of Music in New York.

She has performed as soloist with orchestras in Canada and the United States, receiving numerous awards and scholarships. She was the 2nd prize winner of the Frank Preuss International Violin Competition in Ibague, Colombia, “special prize” winner of the Diabelli International Chamber Competition in 2012, 1st prize winner of the Columbus State University Concerto Competition, 2008, 2nd prize winner of the LaGrange Young Artist’s Competition in 2008, top prize winner of the Canadian National Chamber Music Festival 2005, and 1st prize winner of the Atlanta Community Orchestra Competition.

Dr. Elizabeth’s studies have taken her across the globe from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, to the University of Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, the Schwob School of Music in Georgia, USA, the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and Stony Brook University in New York where she completed her doctoral studies. Her primary teachers include Hagai Shaham, Philip Setzer of the Emerson Quartet, Silvia Marcovici, Sergiu Schwartz, and Vilmos Szabadi.
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Lydia December 20, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our son has been learning the piano for the past year and we just recently switched to Dr. Elizabeth and we couldn't be happier. She is very clear in her instructions and makes the lesson energetic and fun. She has a wonderful rapport with our son.
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Zakaria October 22, 2017
· Violin · In home
She is prompt, patient, fun and engaging! And she loves the violin and teaching it!
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Cam September 20, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great with young talent, vary encouragjng and dedicated.
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Dr. Elizabeth M.

Dr. Elizabeth M.

Mountain View, CA 94043
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About Tom S.

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Walnut Creek, CA

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About Tom
I am a very experienced and fully qualified music and instrumental teacher, with over 30 years of experience. I am a experienced performer in both playing, singing and conducting too. Making and very importantly enjoying music is my passion.

I have taught brass instruments right through from beginners to pupils at music college.

I also teach music theory, music history and some composition and arranging. I also play and teach the piano

I am also a very experienced teacher of pupils with Special Education issues

Whether you want to study music seriously or just for fun , I am the teacher for you.I promise you stimulating and enjoyable lessons, but I will also help you make good and rapid progress.
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Steve S. June 15, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
I am starting over from scratch with trumpet. Tom is helping me to rebuild and strengthen that foundation, develop good habits and skills with meaningful exercises and great learning materials. In just a few lesson I feel I have made great progress while enjoying myself immensely. Tom's lessons are a delightful experience; I alway leave them feeling very energized and refreshed. My favorite part of our lesson is when we play duets together. Tom plays his Euphonium, I love the sound of that instrument, while I play trumpet; these duets sound just heavenly. I do not have enough good things to say about this instructor, other than I am simply delighted with the experience. Thank you Tom. -s.
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Steve April 23, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Tom is great to work with. The first lesson was a very enjoyable experience where I really learned a lot and received some great tips and advice in the short span of just one hour. If you know anyone who has been procrastinating and putting off taking lessons, force them to take a lesson with Tom. They will thank you. -Steve S.
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Diana Diehl March 17, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Tom was very friendly and very willing to accommodate my very particular ideas about how to proceed and what music I wanted to play.
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Tom S.

Tom S.

Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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$20 / 30-min

About Samuel B.

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Alameda, CA
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Independent musician. Love flute from spirit and soul.
1. Played flute for > 20 years.
2. Have >6 years of teaching students. Interest driven study.
3. Have abundant knowledge in flute, guitar and other instrument of multiple genres.
4. As a Chinese, I speak mandarin/English and can teach chinese bamboo flute and traditional chinese pipes like Xiao, and Dizi.
5. I love kids and I am very patient.
6. I am also an independent music producer, having original flute music can apply my techniques in studio to facilitate flute teaching( for online only).
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Jude March 8, 2018
· Flute · In home
Great teacher. My son looks forward to his lessons.
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Samuel B.

Samuel B.

Alameda, CA 94501
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$20 / 30-min

About Todd S.

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Campbell, CA
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I have been playing and studying music for 30 years and performing for 20 years. I teach a variety of styles including rock/pop, jazz, country, and classical, as well as how to compose and improvise in a variety of settings. I can show you the in's and out's of the equipment used with electric guitars including amplifiers and effects, as well as teaching instrument maintenance and modifications. My teaching approach revolves around getting new students to make music as soon as possible, even with the most basic skills, to build confidence and ensure a continued interest in learning. I emphasize the internalization of the physical aspects of playing through repetition and progressive exercises customized to the individual.

Practicing very slowly, learning to use a metronome, shorter but more frequent practice sessions, and plenty time f
or free play, are some of the concepts at the core of my teaching style. My strong communication skills are used to dispel any mystery in the instrument, how it works, and making music with it. No matter the skill level of the student, there is always something new to learn or a new way to approach the instrument. I have extensive experience with music production technology including equipment, DAW software, and recording techniques, incorporating these into your lessons if you're interested. I am also versed in synthesizers and sound design.

My lessons are always customized towards the individual, but stress the ability to make music even with very little technique. Building on simple riffs, easy chord changes, and practicing slowly to instill confidence and keep students interested. I often incorporate popular Beatles or Taylor Swift songs to teach chord changes and song form. Working on reading music for piano students and tablature for guitar as well as lead sheets for both. I can also show you how to interpret "cheat sheets," those lyrics with the chords above them that you get from the internet, that are always a little bit wrong.

Having finally reached a place where technique is no longer a hurdle to making music is a reward equal to the amount of time and effort that was required to reach this level of proficiency. I find great joy in showing people of all ages that music can be life-enriching, expanding one’s appreciation of the arts, providing opportunities for new friendships, and creating a sense of accomplishment with every new song learned or skill acquired on a musical instrument.
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Todd S.

Todd S.

Campbell, CA 95008
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$50 / 30-min

About Brandan S.

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Santa Clara, CA

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A baritone with over 10 years of performing as a soloist and in numerous ensembles, Brandan has had experience with a wide variety of genres including musical theater, classical voice, opera, jazz, and pop.

He has performed roles with the SJSU Opera Theater and solo works, including the Fauré and Brahms Requiem, both with San Jose Staté University. In the summer of 2015, he appeared with the Symphony Silicon Valley in R.V. William’s Serenade to Music and in 2016 he performed Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Ireland Chamber Orchestra. Most recently he joined Peninsula Cantare as a soloist in the Carmina Burana and Mozart Vespers.

In addition to classical and opera, Brandan has performed roles in a number of musical theater productions including Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Bye Bye Birdie, and Lil' Abner. In addition, he p
erformed with the award winning vocal jazz ensemble Syncronicity from West Valley College. While at San Jose State University, Brandan founded and music directed the co-ed pop a cappella ensemble, The Spartones.
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Brandan S.

Brandan S.

Santa Clara, CA 95050
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$31 / 30-min

About Garry N.

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Concord, CA

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About Garry
My approach to music education can be summed up in this favorite quote by composer Robert Schumann - "It is music's lofty mission to shed light on the depths of the human heart".

I offer all aspects of music education including guitar, bass, ukulele, arrangers piano and recording technology and I promise accelerated results.

I am a an honor graduate of the prestigious Berklee College Of Music in Boston. During my studies there, I was awarded, for three consecutive years, high achievement scholarships.

At Berklee, I started my career in music education with being offered the position of Ear Training Laboratory Manager. Later, I put together an ensemble class for four guitars and rhythm section called 'The Baroque Jazz Quartet' which was added to the advanced electives offered by Berklee.

I'm also known for leading a workshop c
alled the "Music Of Life Seminar". This work originated out of my collaboration with cellist and Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership, Ronald A. Heifetz who is the co-founder of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.

I've studied privately with world-class musicians, the likes of; Tuck Andress on guitar, Kit Walker on piano. Herb Pomeroy for arranging, Mike Gibbs for composition, Mick Goodrick on guitar (ECM recording artist), the legendary Lenny Breau on guitar, Kai Eckhardt on bass, and in my formative years, Jazz great Charlie Byrd, among others.

I have played key roles in public performances with such notables as; acclaimed actress and singer Jill Eikenberry, keyboardist Raphael of the ‘Music To Disappear in’ fame, Grammy Award winning pianist Laura Sullivan, new age singer Sophia, among others. I have also performed in notable venues on both the East and West coast such as the Angelico Hall and the Berklee Performance Center.

I have co-produced, with producer Wayne Wallace of Bon Vivant Productions (Machete' Ensemble and Pete Escovedo Orchestra), my own album of instrumental music through the label Delvian Records called “Motion” were I was joined by some top players from the music community.

“When my students experience a greater and more inclusive sense of humanity and of their own and others beauty, I am filled up with joy. Imparting the energy and feeling of music creation is a shared experience of freedom unlike anything else. This is why I have a passion for music and music education”.
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Christina June 15, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I have been involved in music all my life. I hold an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts which was drama, art, and music. I have taken classical guitar lessons, voice lessons and music theory as part of that degree. As an adult, I have taken voice and piano and guitar lessons. Thus, I have had many, many music instructors over the years. I can say with complete assurance and confidence that Garry Norman is the best guitar teacher I have ever had, but not only that, he is the best music teacher I have ever had. He simplifies complex theoretical points and conveys his love and passion for music in a way that is clear, concise, and completely understandable. I am so thankful for having the opportunity to study with Garry. He's just great, that's all I can say!!
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Balaji June 12, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I have been a student with Garry learning guitar. I would say he is one of the best guitar teacher. He is very calm, patient and understand where we struggle and make mistakes, help us with the tips and tricks in guitar very easily. Due to personal reasons, i was not able to continue with Garry much long but he will be remembered by me ever for bringing the happiness of music in my life. I always feel very greatful to this wonderful guitar teacher that anyone could ever get.
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Garry N.

Concord, CA 94521
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